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Sandra Cardona, sits during a meeting at her home near Monterrey in Guadalupe, Mexico on June 27, 2022. Sandra and her wife …

Volunteer networks in Mexico aid at-home abortions without involving doctors or clinics. They’re coming to Texas.

Before abortion was legal in parts of Mexico, an extensive “accompaniment” system grew to help women safely terminate pregnancies on their own. Its organizers are now moving abortion-inducing medication across the border and helping replicate the system in the United States.

A view of Mexico City, Mexico on June 30, 2022.
Verónica G. Cárdenas for The Texas Tribune

The emergence of acompañamiento

Pro-reproductive rights activists place banners across the U.S. Embassy in response to the court case Roe v. Wade being over…
Alessandra Flores, who was passing by while celebrating her quinceaños, turning 15, stops to pose for a photo holding a gree…
Pro-reproductive rights activists place banners across the U.S. Embassy in response to the court case Roe v. Wade being over…
Vanessa Jiménez, leads a training related to accompaniment for people who decide to have an abortion at her home near Monter…

“Taking care into our own hands"

Sandra Cardona left, and her wife Vanessa Jiménez, pose for a photo at their home near Monterrey in Guadalupe, Mexico on Jun…
“La Abortería” ‘The Abortion Place’ is seen at Sandra Cardona’s and Vanessa Jiménez’s home near Monterrey in Guadalupe, Mexi…
Sandra Cardona, hands a package to a delivery man that contains pills to induce an abortion which are being mailed to a pers…
“El Cerro de la Silla,” ‘The hill of the Saddle’ which is one of Monterrey’s most recognized landmarks is seen in Monterrey,…
A message that reads in Spanish, “Get your rosaries out of our ovaries” is seen in downtown Monterrey, Mexico on June 28, 20…
People walk in the downtown area in Monterrey, Mexico on June 28, 2022. 
Verónica G. Cárdenas for The Texas Tribune
Messages left by patients at Acércatefem, a women’s health clinic, where one of the services that they provide are abortions…

One way or another

A white and pink van with messages that appear to provide abortions is seen parked at the entrance of a maternity hospital w…
A sign that reads in Spanish, “Health is a human right. The legal interruption of a pregnancy is your right. Information, or…
Pills that are given to induce an abortion which remain under lock at the pharmacy are seen at the Inguarán Maternity Hospit…
A message that reads in Spanish, “We all love someone who’s had an abortion,” is projected on a building by Marea Verde, a p…

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